Dec 092010

diversity and politicsI know it has been some time since my last posting. Since then, one significant event in particular has occurred that was foreseen on the horizon; is that we now have a Republican controlled House. With this control comes a new found revelation (as if this is new) that there must be a sharing of power and the willingness to collaborate to move this country forward.

I personally see the fact that collaboration is something that has been forced to happen as a good thing! This should have been the mode of operation from day one.

President Obama came into office with the mantra of change and the notion of working “across the aisle” to bring about this change and to bring a new perspective in the way we govern.

Now it is time for everyone to open their minds to the possibilities of the diversity of thought this new found collaboration can bring. Is the latest tax compromise a glimpse into the type of results that can come from this era of collaboration? Is this tax compromise good for the country? Will this collaboration continue? It is my hope that the results of collaboration and leveraging the diversity of thought in our political arena will be a catalyst for the type change we believed we were getting when this new administration came into office.

I welcome your thoughts….

Sep 282010
the need for diversityThe power that Knowledge Management (KM) brings to an organization is its ability to leverage the power of diversity. I am not speaking of just diversity of race, gender and/or religion, but diversity of thought.

Through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and knowledge reuse it is important to leverage different points of view, different experiences and different cultural backgrounds to stimulate diversity of thought. This diversity of thought leads to innovation. This innovation will enable organizations to deliver unique and or improved products and services to its customers as well as improve the way the organization does business.

Diversity of thought is encouraged and utilized today in the push by corporations to support Board Diversity in expanding the makeup of their corporate boards, through Affirmative Action programs to promote a diverse workforce and through a myriad of organizations that understand that diversity of thought will improve everything from our educational system, healthcare system, create new jobs, and improve how our politicians work together!

Communities of Practice (CoP) is a tool utilized within KM which provide environments where people can collaborate, catalog, and reuse knowledge centered around a certain topic, practice area, or profession, to name a few. This community will bring “like minded” people together regardless of their race, gender and/or religion to stimulate thought, exchange ideas and learn for each other. All focused on innovation, and improving performance. The need for diversity of thought will continue to be a catalyst for our culture to improve the way we live, work and play. I welcome everyone to share their stories where this diversity is happening, where it should be happening and where it has been successful or not!